Cough, shortness of breath, and catarrh may be symptoms of asthma, pneumonia or other respiratory problem of allergic or viral origin.
THE asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that strikes the various areas. Also known as allergic bronchitis, asthma makes the airways swollen and narrower, making it difficult for air to pass through.
The main asthma symptoms are:
- Cough that worsens at night or after physical exertion;
- Chiado in the chest;
- Shortness of breath;
- Short breath.
The treatment of asthma is done with bronchodilators ("Bombinhas"), respiratory fisioterapy and away from allergens that trigger the crises.
Already the pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs of infectious cause, which can be caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites.
The symptoms pneumonia are:
- Cough with or without catarrh;
- Difficulty breathing;
- Accelerated breathing;
- Pain in the chest.
Learn more at: What are the symptoms of pneumonia?
Treatment of pneumonia includes:
- Provide oxygen when needed;
- Antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal or antiparasitic medicines, depending on the source of the infection;
- Anti-inflammatory or other medications, depending on the case.
To find out the cause of your cough and shortness of breath, consult your family doctor, general practitioner, or pulmonologist for appropriate diagnosis and treatment.
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